Victorino held out with discomfort in left side

Farrell calls decision 'a precaution,' hopes outfielder returns Wednesday

Victorino held out with discomfort in left side

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Red Sox held Shane Victorino out of Tuesday's game against the Rays after the outfielder felt discomfort in his left side following Sunday's game against the Braves.

Victorino went through treatment Monday. He's also swung a bat and thrown from 150 feet without any residual pain.

"We held him out as a precaution and hopefully he is back [Wednesday]," said Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Jackie Bradley Jr. replaced Victorino in right field.

Victorino played in 122 games for Boston last season and had surgery on his thumb in the offseason.

"Everything points to him being ready, even with the current stiffness," Farrell said. "We don't think this is going to keep him out of Opening Day."

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